MILWAUKEE, JAN. 2 -- Kenny Turner scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half tonight as 18th-ranked Virginia overcame a seven-point halftime deficit and beat Marquette, 94-88, for its sixth straight victory.
"We needed a win," Turner said. "We didn't want to start the ACC season coming off a loss. We just kept after them."
He made four foul shots in the last 24 seconds as the Cavaliers (8-2) held off a late rally. Bryant Stith had 20 points for Virginia and Ron Curry led Marquette (4-5) with 27.
Ted Jeffries' basket, John Crotty's two foul shots and Anthony Oliver's follow shot broke a tie and gave the Cavaliers an 83-77 lead with 4:38 to go.
Marquette, looking for its first victory over a ranked team since 1984, got within one on Keith Stewart's two foul shots with 1:33 to play. Turner followed up a miss to give the Cavaliers an 88-85 lead. Trevor Powell made one of two foul shots with 53 seconds left, cutting Virginia's advantage to 88-86.
Oliver made two free throws with 41 seconds to go and, after Marquette missed 17 seconds later, Turner made two more for a 92-86 lead. He made two more with seven seconds left.